Research development

BASF and CUN collaborate on mining research, development and innovation in Antofagasta

As part of the venture, BASF has established a technical service and development laboratory for flotation, hydrometallurgy and solid-liquid separation (SLS) at UCN.

The mining industry, which plays a leading role in Chile, the world’s largest copper producer, faces many challenges in the areas of sustainability or digitalization.

With its mining solutions business, BASF said it can help the industry overcome some of these challenges while adding that innovation must play a key role going forward.

“The cooperation will enable us to achieve several objectives. On the one hand, we will be able to continue to offer excellent after-sales technical service to our customers, and work together to develop innovative solutions to solve the challenges of the mining industry, and at the same time, it will give us the opportunity work and support new talent in mining research and development,” said Leonor Ardiles, New Business Development Coordinator at BASF Chile, Head of BASF Laboratories at UCN and recognized as one of the 100 Women inspiration from the Chilean mining industry. Release.

“This alliance gives us the opportunity to connect with a world-leading company, so it’s a mutually beneficial relationship. One of the largest chemical companies in the world has established itself at the Catholic University of the North with two areas of significant importance related to the mining industry, such as solid-liquid separation and solvent extraction reagents “said Dr. Óscar Benavente Poblete, academic. from UCN’s Department of Metallurgical and Mining Engineering.

“This partnership will provide students with job opportunities, work placements, reports and access to BASF labs that will be available to teach and explain the processes they perform.”

For example, the launch of BASF’s LixTRA leaching aid requires extensive laboratory testing to demonstrate the benefits it can bring to a customer’s copper heap leach process.

UCN’s hydrometallurgy laboratory has all the necessary resources to perform column leaching on individual customer ores. This, together with state-of-the-art analytical techniques, allows BASF to accurately determine the increased copper recovery and reduced processing costs associated with the use of LixTRA.